Deep Forest Mystery

Our friend and artist Barry Nehr, who has created a legacy of paintings of Georgia trees for GUFC over the years, has written a short story and  adventure book for his granddaughter who attends Armstrong State University entitled Deep Forest Mystery (The Ashlin Skye Adventures Book 1).  Barry’s amazing artwork can also be found withinDeep Forest Mystery its pages.   Amazon’s synopsis:   Four coeds from Armstrong College, in Savannah, GA, are looking forward to an outdoor adventure of hiking and camping in the exotic forests of the Northwest. They get more than they bargain for when the get lost in a forest of giant trees. They discover a cabin, the scene of a year old, double murder. Using their combined knowledge of forensics, which they learned at Armstrong, they wind up assisting the FBI in solving the crime and become heroes.  Get the Kindle edition here.  Please note that Amazon provides a link to download a free Kindle reading app for use on your smartphone or computer.

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Arborist Certification Review Course

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?                                                                                         

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Gretchen Musser on September 16 and 17, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Georgia Forestry Commission Headquarters (auditorium), 5645 Riggins Mill Road
Dry Branch, GA  31020.  Gretchen will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. Learn more and register here.

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September 22, 141 East College Avenue, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2014

Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2014

This popular conference is designed for college and university “treekeepers” – those concerned with maintaining a healthy urban forest on campuses.  Physical plant managers, landscape directors, grounds crews, administrators and others will learn from experienced speakers and from each about topics common to college campuses and their trees.   This year’s conference will include Agnes Scott College’s urban forest audit, campus tree protection, water recycling, young tree pruning, nursery stock selection, urban forest & sustainability tours, and more.  Click here for more details and to register.

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2015 GUFC Annual Conference Scheduled for November 4 and 5 at Savannah Desoto Hilton

Savannah's chippewa square

Savannah’s Chippewa Square

GUFC presents the 25th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program  November 4 and 5 at the Savannah Desoto Hilton, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia.  We’ll  look at The Forest Pharmacy:  Nature’s Prescription for Healthy  Communities  This educational event will spotlight outstanding speakers, educational sessions, and the Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.  Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington will be a keynote speaker, leading us through the latest research on the connection between human health and urban trees and nature.  Ray Tretheway, Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, will speak to us about his organization’s canopy analyses and the impacts on child, youth, and adult health.  Read more and register…

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Carolyn Crayton presented with GUFC’s top honor, The Mary Helen Ray Legacy Award

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GUFC President Andrew Saunders and Executive Director Mary Lynne Beckley present Carolyn Crayton with the Mary Helen Ray Legacy Award.

At the February 18th State Arbor Day Event in Macon, the Georgia Urban Forest Council presented its highest honor, the Mary Helen Ray Legacy Award, to Carolyn Crayton, founder of Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival and the Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful organization. Mary Helen Ray was a pioneer in the urban forestry movement in Georgia and this award was established in 2010 to recognize stewardship, commitment and visionary leadership.

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The latest issue of GUFC’s SHADE Magazine helps communities manage urban trees in winter storms.

The 2015 issue of Shade covers urban Trees and winter storms. “Urban and Community SHADE 012015 final_Page_01Forestry: How to Prepare for Ice and Snow” is available in both an electronic and printed issue. Get your electronic issue by clicking here — and keep it handy as a reference guide. Topics include Documentation, Canopy Asessments, Mitigation Planning, Working with FEMA and GEMA, Talking to the Media and more.  Articles include “Document Your Way to Success,” “Don’t Strike Out!” (Urban Forest Strike Teams), “Fill Out that Plan,” “When Storms Top the News,” “Ice Storm 2014:  Damage Done, Lessons Learned,” and much more.


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Village Sentinel Live Oak in Waycross Named to Landmark & Historic Tree Register

The Village Sentinel Live Oak is located at Baptist Village in Waycross, Georgia and was Village Sentinel photo 4nominated to the Landmark & Historic Tree Register by Chris Heim of the Davey Tree Expert Company.  This live oak, which stands 77 feet high and has a spread of 155 feet and a circumference of 420 252inches, is over 400 years old and in excellent health.  The tree is the largest live oak in Georgia and the second largest in the country.  Baptist Village, a retirement community in Waycross, has been committed to the preservation of this tree, the highlight of the campus, and Davey Tree has been providing ongoing care for it since the 1950′s.  The Village Sentinel Oak was named to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register on January 7, 2015.   Photos by Chris Heim

To see the full list of trees on the Register and a map, click here.

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Please support GUFC’s work with a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Georgia Urban Forest Council on November 13, Georgia Gives Day.  Your donation means the world to us, and helps GUFC continue to bring quality urban forestry programming, resources, and leadership to communities large and small across this state.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you still can at  All donations are fully tax-deductible.


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The Winter Issue of Tree Talks is Here.Winter 2015 Tree Talks_Page_01

Inside this issue:

Village Sentinel Live Oak in Waycross named to Landmark and Historic Tree Register, Georgia Forestry Commission partners with Virginia Tech on urban wood utilization study, Dr. Ed Gilman and Arbor Day Foundation’s Dan Lambe at Feb. 18 First Quarterly Program and State Arbor Day Event, the Eutree Story, the 2014 Excellence in Urban Forestry  Awards, Urban Forestry News, and more.  Download here.

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Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.

Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link:

PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here:

Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.

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